You can still make a difference!

HB 40 has passed the House but all hope is not lost. It still has to be reconciled with the Senate version of the bill. So, it is time to apply pressure on the Senate. It’s probably best not to ask them to oppose the bill at this point (unless you know that they already oppose the bill), but to add amendments to it that further protect local control for health and safety reasons.

A key talking point here in the wake of the recent studies definitively linking injection/disposal wells to earthquakes: Request that the bill explicitly grant local governments the right to control injection wells. Local communities are the ones exposed to the risks of earthquakes and so should be the ones empowered to decide whether those risks are acceptable or not.

Here is a list of the TX Senators. Contact them all, but if you only have time to contact a few, make it Jane Nelson (Senator for areas impacted by earthquakes), Craig Estes (Senator for much of the Denton area), and Troy Fraser (Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development where the bill is now being considered). Here is all the contact info:

 

Senator Paul Bettencourt paul.bettencourt@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0107
Senator Brian Birdwell brain.birdwell@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0122
Senator Konni Burton konni.burton@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0110
Senator Donna Campbell donna.campbell@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0125
Senator Brandon Creighton brandon.creighton@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0104
Senator Rodney Ellis rodney.ellis@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0113
Senator Kevin Eltife kevin.eltife@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0101
Senator Craig Estes craig.estes@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0130
Senator Troy Fraser troy.fraser@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0124
Senator Sylvia Garcia sylvia.garcia@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0106
Senator Bob Hall bob.hall@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0102
Senator Kelly Hancock kelly.hancock@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0109
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa juan.hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0120
Senator Don Huffines don.huffines@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0116
Senator Joan Huffman joan.huffman@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0117
Senator Lois Kolkhorst lois.kolkhorst@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0118
Senator Eddie Lucio eddie.lucio@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0127
Senator Jose Menendez jose.menedez@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0126
Senator Jane Nelson jane.nelson@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0112
Senator Robert Nichols robert.nichols@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0103
Senator Charles Perry charles.perry@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0128
Senator José Rodríguez jose.rodriguez@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0129
Senator Charles Schwertner charles.schwertner@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0105
Senator Kel Seliger kel.seliger@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0131
Senator Larry Taylor larry.taylor@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0111
Senator Van Taylor van.taylor@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0108
Senator Carlos Uresti carlos.uresti@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0119
Senator Kirk Watson kirk.watson@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0114
Senator Royce West royce.west@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0123
Senator John Whitmire john.whitmire@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0115
Senator Judith Zaffirini judith.zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us 512-463-0121